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The Awkward Royal Election Of Hildeprand

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This painting, by the Danish artist Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (c. 1783 – 1853), was inspired by a painful myth involving the mischievous Norse god,...

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King Liutprand of the Lombards, who ascended to power in 712, never fathered any legitimate male heirs to his throne. This caused a crisis...

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